What is a Parenting Plan
A Parenting Plan is an agreement between parents that addresses all the needs of the children. The plan should be workable for everyone. Communication is essential for a successful Parenting Plan.
What Kind Of Parenting Plans Are There
There are Parenting Plans in which one parent has most of the responsibility for the care of the children such as Sole Custody plans. There are plans in which both parents share time and responsibilities for the children equally, such as in Joint Legal Custody and Joint Physical Custody plans. The most beneficial plans are those that are discussed and accepted by both parents.
WHAT KIND OF PARENTING PLAN IS BEST FOR CHILDREN?
The best plans are those based upon the changing needs of the children. Such plans encourage and promote a close, separate relationship with each parent. In addition, plans should encourage the children to maintain contact with their relative, especially their grandparents.
THE FOLLOWING ARE EXAMPLES OF TYPES OF ISSUES THAT CAN BE ADDRESSED AND RESOLVES THROUGH A PARENTING PLAN:
- Primary residence
- Caretaking responsibilities of the children such as:
- medical visits
- daily supervision
- decisions regarding special/extraordinary activities
- gifts for child or gifts for child to give (to parents, family, friends)
- Time spent with each parent and arrangements for these times
- Child-care arrangements
- Parental communication with the children
- Education/school placement
- school activities
- report cards
- parent-school decision making
- Special holidays
- Contact with grandparents and extended family
- Summer vacations
- Emergency plans: medical illness of child or parent, accidents.
- Cancellation plans: what if day care/school closes, activities are canceled
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